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L'organo della chiesa di S. Agnese in Agone, Roma by Andrea Rapisarda
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Sant’Agnese in Agone is a church dedicated to St Agnes, built at the site of her martyrdom.
An oratory was built here, probably in the 8th century when it was mentioned in the Itinerary of Einsiedeln, and dedicated to St Agnes. It stood on the spot where she was martyred, over a brothel in the arcades of the Circus of Domitian, also known as the Circus Agonalis. According to an inscription, it was consecrated as a church by Pope Callixtus II on 28 January 1123. This was probably a reconsecration after restoration of rebuilding of the church.

The Catalogue of Turin, c. 1320, states that the church had one priest.

In July 1517, Pope Leo X made it a cardinalitial titular church, with Sant’Andrea della Valle as the first titular priest. The title was suppressed by Pope Innocent XI in 1654, and moved to Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura. In 1998, it was established as a titular deaconry by Pope John Paul II, with Lorenzo Antonetti as titular deacon.

Pope Innocent X ordered it enlarged in 1652. The first project was designed by Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi, but the pope was not happy with it, and gave the task to Borromini in 1653. Innocent X died in 1655, and work proceeded slowly under his nephew Camillo. Borromini wanted to move on, and Carlo Rainaldi took over. Camillo also died before the church was finished, and his wife decided to call in Bernini. He altered Borromini’s design, leaving the the façade mainly as planned but adding a high pediment surmounted by an attic. The rebuilding was completed in 1672, and the church was consecrated on 17 January of that year.

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  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for letting us use your image in a Around the World Challenge, please add this one or another image to the challenge.

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    spectacular!!! :)

  • many thanks !

    – Andrea Rapisarda

  • Davide Ferrari
    Davide Ferrariover 4 years ago

    bellissimo!

  • grazie !!

    – Andrea Rapisarda

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 4 years ago

    marvellous

  • many thanks :)

    – Andrea Rapisarda

  • Philip Werner
    Philip Wernerover 4 years ago

    ! Amazing !

  • Thanks a lot !

    – Andrea Rapisarda

  • eegibson
    eegibsonover 4 years ago

    Absolutely Beautiful… Rich colors and textures. Wow…..

  • dvande1
    dvande1over 4 years ago

    Wonderfully rich! Nicely processed.

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 4 years ago

    a very fantastic looking work

  • Keith Irving
    Keith Irvingover 4 years ago

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

    Hi Andrea, could you please tell me how many votes you received in the Around the World Challenge.

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